Skyline Trail/Great Ogden Divide
The unofficial tagline for Ogden is “Ogden is Awesome.” We can’t argue that, especially considering the hiking options that abound in the area. Head to the North Ogden Divide Trailhead, at the top of the North Ogden Divide Canyon Road, which affords access to five area summits, including Ben Lomond, Willard Peak, Chilly Peak, Eyrie 8136, and Lewis Peak. These range from easy to difficult for hikers. The trails, however, are open to not only hikers, but mountain bikes, horses, dirt bikes, and ATVs. So find a number of ways to access the wilderness and the turning of Ogden’s season.
For adventurous and athletic hikers, peaking out on Ben Lomond is the trip in the Ogden trail system. The area’s highest peak will allow for the best views, naturally. It is about eight miles each way to Ben Lomond Peak, and the climb is 3,500 vertical feet. Hike from the trailhead up switchbacks and then continue along the North Skyline Trail. You’ll pass through forests and have ample opportunities to take in the fall colors. Eventually, you’ll intersect with the North Fork Park trail at 8,794 feet. Continue further still till you hit the peak and enjoy all the autumn glory below!
Bonus Hike Option: Snowbasin’s The Needles Ridge Trail via the Needles Gondola
Of Snowbasin Resort’s 26 miles of trails — for both hiking and biking — few rival the Needles Ridge Trail. Indeed, epic views await from the top of the resort. Take the Needles Gondola — cutting off a 2,000 foot climb — up the mountain then hike along the Cirque Practice Loop Trail and up the Needles Ridge Trail. You’ll climb about 900 feet from the gondola drop-off as you pass a deep glacial cirque with snowfields that remain through the summer. You’ll pass through forests brimming in a technicolor hue. Once you reach the ridge, take in views of Ogden, the Great Salt Lake, Pineview Reservoir, and the Ogden Valley.
The Gondola runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the last weekend in September.
While you’re there, be sure to stop for lunch at the Needles Lodge.